Five tips to Prepare your Buildings for the Rainy Season

THE RAINY SEASON IS ALMOST UPON US AND, UNFORTUNATELY, RAIN MIGHT RESULT IN WATER DAMAGE TO YOUR BUILDINGS AND PROPERTY. WE AT UNION HARDWARE HAVE COMPILED A LIST OF FIVE TIPS TO KEEP YOUR BUILDINGS SAFE AND, IN THE PROCESS, PROTECT YOUR HOME, FAMILY, EMPLOYEES, AND POSSESSIONS

Inspect your Roof Walk around your home’s exterior, inspecting your roof to make sure your roof is in good condition. Do this at least twice a year to avoid costly problems that could escalate into a much greater expense.

As you walk around your house be sure to:

Inspect the roof

  • Inspect the roof from the ground. Look for signs of damage, sagging, and ageing.
  • Check for skew, loose or missing tiles and for any cracks in the chimney. Missing roof tiles means your roof is directly exposed to adverse weather conditions.
  • Look for cracks along the ridge of your roof and along parapet walls. Damaged mortar joints on ridge capping tiles will result in roof leaks.
  • Inspect the valleys of your roof. This is the area of your roof with a downward slope). Make sure that any flashing does not have any holes or rusty spots.
  • Take notes of any possible problem areas or areas in need of closer inspection.

Inspect your Gutters

Gutters are an essential part of your roofing system. The purpose of the gutter is to collect and funnel away any water that lands on the roof, taking water away from the building’s foundations and protecting your exterior surfaces while stopping water from entering the home.

If water penetrates your home, woodwork can perish, mould will begin to grow, condensation will form and brickwork will erode and damp patches, which can cause health issues, will spread quickly.

This is how you can protect your home and health:

  • Ensure the guttering outside your home isn’t broken or leaking.
  • Clear out any leaves or other debris. This will reduce the risk of blockages during heavy rain, which could cause your guttering to overflow and create problems for your home. (You can use a trowel to scoop out debris which is clogging your gutters, or purchase a cleaning tool specifically designed for your gutters that is attached to your hosepipe).
  • Additionally, check that there are not a lot of little granules collecting in gutters and down-pipes. Finding granules is a good indicator that your roof’s coating needs to be resealed and painted. To reduce the risk of blockages there are preventative measures you can follow: tight-fitting wire mesh or plastic caps are available to fit most types of down-pipe. They allow water through but trap leaves and dirt.

Inspect the inside of your buildings

Check all windows and doors. Make sure that they both close and seal properly, and make any repairs or improvements as necessary. Inside your home, check your ceilings to make sure that you are not experiencing signs of roof, or other, leakage. Be on the lookout for water rings, mould, or dark spots and trails. Wall or ceiling discoloration could also be an indication that there is a problem. Black mould spots on your curtains or fabric could also indicate damp or a high moisture content in the wall. S

urrounding Trees and Foliage

It would be prudent to consider cutting back any trees and foliage that hang over the house and gutters as their branches and leaves will most likely cause blockages and guttering problems. Additionally, it will reduce the risk that they will fall during a storm and damage your home.

Collect and recycle water

Consider installing a rainwater collection tank to help you harness the potential of your home to provide its own water, and cut unnecessary waste. We really only need the expensive municipal water for drinking and cooking. Most of the household water we consume is to flush toilets, wash cars and water plants and gardens. Rainwater is perfect for filling your pool, watering the garden, or washing cars and dogs. Collection tanks come in different sizes and can be connected to your guttering system without much effort. Some tanks have built-in pumps so you could connect it directly to your garden sprinkler systems.